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Medical advances will help reduce hospital-acquired infections

The Tennessean, February 21, 2008
Although reducing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) has always been a priority for the healthcare industry, a recent revision to the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) is eliciting a renewed focus on this critical health issue. The revision, called "CMS-1533-P," states that Medicare will no longer pay for hospital care necessary for a condition, including HAIs, acquired by a patient during a hospital stay that could have been reasonably prevented by following evidence-based guidelines.